Children with autism are able to use a tablet more effectively than any other medium, purely because they are touching the content directly.
London (PRWEB UK) 21 December 2012
The Apple iPad has seen a huge growth since it's launch, and the recent introduction of the iPad Mini have put the device family into even more hands. The success of the iPad, and indeed other recent tablets, has been the media rich capabilities, the hands-on nature they exude and the wealth of apps available for them.
Locassa have always had a strong affinity for working with educational providers, having produced the original ABC Spy on iOS for Stealth Education and Pop Jnr for Universal Music. Locassa have now added a new product to their portfolio for international learning company busuu Ltd, 'Kids learn English with busuu'. The app targeted at early years development utilises the very best features of the Apple iPad to deliver it's message. "The iPad has always been such a draw for education, it's tactile, immediate and highly engaging.", said Simon Lee, Locassa's CEO.
Originally seen as a device for browsing the internet or reading the daily newspaper, tablets have grown into an educational tool for both ends of the educational spectrum. Large educational establishments, schools and universities are utilising tablets, specifically the iPad, as a tool to help students learn, reduce their carbon footprint and provide a more engaging and interactive experience for their academics. However, it is not only young adults who can benefit from such tools, early years education can also benefit from such media rich applications which capture the minds of young children more so than ever before.
Simon believes that there are more subtle advantages to using such devices and apps for educational purposes. "We have seen children with learning difficulties use iPads and the results are quite astonishing. For instance, children with autism are able to use a tablet more effectively than any other medium, purely because they are touching the content directly. Take that same child and give them a traditional computer with a screen and a mouse and the disconnect becomes apparent. They can no longer relate what they are doing with the mouse to the action on the screen, simply because there is no physical connection there."
Taking the new busuu app as an example, "Kids learn English with busuu", Simon illustrates how rich media can engage children more actively. "With the new busuu app, children are not just learning, they are having fun, and this is key to engagement. It's the same as the ABC Spy app, take something the child actively enjoys doing and they forget they are learning, it's such a nice way of teaching.". Simon continues, "I've always loved iPads, that's why we develop apps for them, but seeing a social benefit to such technology makes our job even more rewarding and the new busuu app is a classic example of this.".